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Cosmonaut. Russian Orbits Globe17 Times, 1961/08/07

Published 1961

Titov returns from orbit, newspaper headlines, stock footage of rocket liftoff, recording equipment picked up Titov's voice, animation of space craft orbiting earth (partial newsreel)

Production Company Universal Studios
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - February 2, 2006
Subject: Marble on Wire Orbits Plastic Globe 17 Times
Early 60s newsreel story about a Russian cosmonauts circling of the earth, back when the Russians were kicking our butts in the space program. Theres some campy scenes of distressed-looking Americans peering at lurid newspaper headlines about the spaceflight. Then, because the Russians kept everything top secret, we get to see stock footage of what the flight might have, but probably didnt, look like, culminating in a plastic globe spinning around with a satellite connected to a wire to represent the spacecraft. They might as well have mined the Universal vaults for the old logo with the biplane. Pretty silly for what was supposed to be a straight newsreel.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
on 4/7/2005